REVIEW: The Brave (Massive Company)

April 20, 2012
Bravery the Massive Way [by James Wenley] I see a lot of theatre, and I enjoy a lot of theatre, but it’s a rare show that’s able to cut through and grab you on a deeply personal level. That show is Massive Company’s The Brave. Eight men, embodying bravery in body and souls, share their personal stories and experiences of […]

REVIEW: Everything She Ever Said to Me (Scratch New Writing)

April 19, 2012
The pain of everyday [by James Wenley] Jo’s everyday interactions are characterised by a sort of agony. As played by Kayleigh Haworth, she’s an intriguing study of indecision, awkwardness, tension and a constant internal torment about what to reveal, keep to herself, and behave.    Keziah Warner’s new play Everything She Ever Said to Me, speaks to the painfulness of conversation […]

REVIEW: Sinarella (Mangere Arts Centre)

April 18, 2012
Perfectly Pitched Pacific Panto [by Sharu Delilkan] The theatre was electrically charged as we scrambled to find our seats. In fact my mate Liz and I ended up sitting separately because it was so full. Not to mention the fact that they added almost 6 new chairs stage left to accommodate the stragglers. Seeing the theatre packed to the gunnels […]

REVIEW: Jersey Boys (Civic Theatre)

April 16, 2012
The good kind of Jersey [by James Wenley] As I take my seat in the Civic, the Jersey Boy stage looks surprisingly non-descript. It’s a grey and drab industrial looking set, complete with walkways and chain mesh. A pretty ordinary set for an international musical, but then, the origins of the real Jersey blue collar Four Season members were rather […]

NOT A REVIEW: Hanussen – The Palace of Burlesque (Q)

April 12, 2012
Burle…. [by Sharu Delilkan] “Willkommen, Willkommen, have we got a show for you.” So started the Hanussen – The Palace of Burlesque show. The audience laughed and clapped. “Why?” you might ask. And the reason was they didn’t have a show for us. For once in a burlesque blue moon the show was not going to go on. What? How? […]

REVIEW: This Kitchen is Not Imaginary [The Basement]

April 11, 2012
This Kitchen IS Not Imaginary [by Sharu Delilkan] The action starts straight away with the main character ‘Man’ (Alex Walker) making a paper plane that he throws over the screen on the back of the stage. The fact that is got stuck in the ceiling, whether intentional or not, certainly loosened up the crowd from the get-go. Man very soon […]

REVIEW: Punk Rock (Outfit Theatre Company)

March 29, 2012
Teen angst on overdrive [by James Wenley] Pity the British teenager. There’s something about the British school system that has seen it spawn more than its fair share of films, television and plays eviscerating the subject. Alan Bennett’s thoughtful The History Boys, which Punk Rock has been compared to, took a fairly noble approach to student’s studying their final exam. […]

REVIEW: Ships Songs (Q Theatre)

March 23, 2012
Ships Songs Sings [by Sharu Delilkan] The live band on stage kick starts the voyage dramatically, promising and definitely delivering a memorable theatrical journey. Although I am a sucker for live music, I must admit that this combination can sometimes appears somewhat disjointed. The opposite of course is true with Ship Songs. In fact the live band is so involved […]

REVIEW: Little Histories of the Life Ordinary

March 22, 2012
Getting Lost in Space [by Rosabel Tan] ‘Warning: This entire review might be a spoiler’ Little Histories of the Life Ordinary follows a girl named Frankie whose deepest desire is to travel to space. You’ll never be lonely up there, you see, and the moon is made of cabbage, so you’ll never go hungry either. Also, the Milky Way is […]

REVIEW: In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play (Auckland Theatre Company)

March 20, 2012
A Play In Need of Its Own Treatment [by Rosabel Tan] We live in an age of sexual liberation: where mutual attempts to disentangle emotional and physical expressions of love are treated as an act of empowerment – friends with benefits, no strings attached. But whether they can be separated is another question altogether, and this is a focal point […]
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